Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Melissa Fritz, CIA Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts

Faculty Bio: Melissa Fritz

Baking and Pastry Arts
Associate Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts
Education and Credentials: CEPC, CHE

BS, Johnson & Wales University, Charleston, SC. AS, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI.

Professional Experience:
Instructor, The Art Institute of Houston, Houston, TX. Pastry Chef, The Inn at Dos Brisas, Chappell Hill, TX. Pastry Chef and Wedding Cake Designer, Baked, Charleston, SC. Adjunct Instructor, Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College, Charleston. Owner/Pastry Chef, Red Velvet’s Cakes & Confections, Charleston. Pastry Chef, The Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, SC. Assistant Pastry Chef, The Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. Corporate Pastry Chef, The Cliffs Golf & Country Club, Landrum, SC. Acting Pastry Chef/Sous Pastry Chef, Smith & Wollensky, Washington, DC. Pastry Cook, Michele Richard’s Citronelle, Washington, DC; Peninsula Grill at the Planters Inn, Charleston; The Woodlands Inn, Summerville, SC.

First place, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) competition.

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The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-452-9600